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Letter to Herefordshire Council Councillors

Below is my recent letter to councillors, which was delivered today.
After years of vexatious threats, deceit, punitive restrictions & concealing incidents of inadequate care, I request councillors assist in pursuing Herefordshire Council to provide notice of legal action against me for their accusations relating to alleged defamation.

Letter to councillors 14-01-2022_Redacted

 

Below, proof of delivery for the above letter.

 

 

 

A Concerning Report

On 23rd December 2021, I received a phone call informing me of the continued neglect of care & support of my brother.
While I haven’t seen him since 7th March 2020 because the LA and Priory Group wouldn’t let him visit me and our dying mother after this date. He also denied of attending our mother’s funeral service with me by Herefordshire Council and the Priory Group, against government guidance and legislation, I continue to monitor.

Both organisations have created erroneous records, with particular evidence falsified since. The LA purposefully closed me out as an interested party in the health & welfare of my brother, while repeatedly sending me vexatious threatening letters proposing legal action.

I have nowhere to report concerns or incidents but hope we have the opportunity of accessing the Court of Protection once again, where I may be permitted to detail and evidence some of what organisations have deceived and lied about.

 

SAR 1st December 2021

On 1st December 2021, I submitted a Subject Access Request to Herefordshire Council via signed for post, requesting specific information from them to be sent to me electronically.
So far I’ve not received anything from them, not even an acknowledgement of delivery.

Below is a redacted copy of my SAR request letter, with copies of proof of delivery for the two letters I sent to Herefordshire Council.

Herefordshire Council SAR 01-12-2021 redacted

As a side note. A follow up to a request I submitted in 2018, was met with ignorance, and specific data has still not been received; that data includes communications from, to and between directors Stephen Vickers, Mandy Appleby, LA solicitor Kate Coughtrie and three other social care staff involved in creating erroneous records.
I’m aware Vickers and two social workers who created specious or spurious records have left the LA, while others who I’ve had the unfortunate and distressing experience of dealing with, and who deceived, lied and created similar records, remain.

 

 

Another Priory Group Falsehood Revealed

Last year I asked The Priory Group for phone logs of all calls to my home phone number, between June 2018 and August 2019, as they and social care staff claimed my brother was making regular landline calls to me and our mother.

Below is the internal email, revealing, once again, Priory Group staff lied, there being just one brief 46-seconds call in 14 months.

updated telephone call log history-Redacted

 

It is a similar story with regard to Skype calls over the years.

 

Another Birthday Come & Gone

This year I didn’t request for my brother to come home to celebrate my birthday with me.
As with previous requests, Priory Group would likely deny him of coming home as they have so many times before, including for his birthday earlier this year.

Regarding my brother’s birthday and request for him to come home, the emailed response and reason I received by the Priory manager for not allowing him to come home for his birthday was ‘not available as he is seeing family on his birthday.’

Government guidance regarding out of care home visits for both occasions linked below

Guidance Visits out of care homes Updated 15 June 2021

Guidance Visits out of care homes Updated 23 August 2021

Yet Another Threatening & Vexatious Letter

Below is the latest threatening & vexatious letter from Herefordshire Council, this time composed by Kate Coughtrie (deputy solicitor) & sent to me via email from Mandy Appleby former Head of Safeguarding and currently Assistant Director of Adult Social Care.

I had hoped with a new CEO would come change to their culture, but I was foolish to think so.
I do however stand by what I have said regarding these individuals and the others involved in concerns, incidents, deceiving & perniciously destroying my family over the years.

Threatening letter Mr Bury 1Oct21_Redacted

 

My comment and remarks regarding the above fundamentally flawed letter, while not exhaustive, are as follows.

Paragraph 1

The letter which Appleby refers to can be seen in this link, along with my remarks and letter to councillors:

another-vexatious-letter-from-herefordshire-council-11th-feb-2021/

Paragraph 2

Aside from ignoring my democratic right, they allege in their letter I have written to councillors ‘on a ‘scatter-gun’ basis’, which is untrue.

For anyone reading who doesn’t know what the term ‘scattergun’ is concerning communications. It’s a method used for communications not targeted at particular individuals.
As opposed to my letter of invitation to councillors, which Herefordshire Council refers to, in actuality was sent to targeted individual councillors.
Additionally, the letters of 5th March can be viewed in the above paragraph 1 link while the letter to councillors of 7th July 2021 can be viewed here:

a-letter-to-councillors-july-2021/

Paragraph 3

It is evident that Herefordshire Council continues to monitor my personal social media, yet have disregarded concerns & evidence posted to date, choosing only to respond with erroneous claims and vexatious threats and accusations, not even with a vague hint as to what they allege is untrue, but merely attacking and demanding.

Paragraph 4

It is concerning to read that Herefordshire Council is satisfied that the phone conversation recording discloses no issue with KC’s disregard of mine and my mother & brother’s statutory right to family life at the time of the conversation. Particularly as it followed an earlier threatening letter of proposed legal action against me by Herefordshire Council if I did not agree with how The Priory Group decided, without lawful process, how and when my mother and I should see my brother, and not allowing us to choose. Notably, as I had two vulnerable loved ones’ wishes and best interests to consider.
I often wonder how many families have faced similar.

Paragraph 5

The ‘Unreasonable Behaviour Policy’ referred to has now been in place since 13th November 2017. Communications were blocked, then restricted and ignored when they did happen unless I involved a legal firm.
The punitive policy was started by Martin Samuels (one of the former directors of Adult Social Care) on the aforementioned date and since extended by Stephen Vickers (also a former Director of Adult Social Care) and MA (current Assistant Director of Adult Social Care). Prejudice restrictions which have hampered other parts of my personal life and the undesired necessity for contact with local authority staff since, including denying my brother and I of being together for two family funerals; one of those our mother.

Paragraph 6

With regard to their drive that I obey restrictions, which in my opinion I consider discriminatory and exhibits a controlling culture toward members of the public, particularly those with loved ones in their ‘care’, I am once again reminded of Lord Justice Munby’s words. ‘The local authority is a servant, not a master, a truth which on occasions is too easily overlooked.
Vulnerable adults and their carers, look to the State – to a local authority – for the support, the assistance and provision of the services to which the law, giving effect to the underlying principles of the welfare state, entitles them.
They do not seek to be “controlled” by the State or by the local authority. And it is not the State in the guise of a local authority to seek to exercise such control. The State, the local authority, is the servant of those in need of its support and assistance; it is not their master. And any attempt to control is likely to be nothing but counter-productive when it comes to a local authority ‘working together’, as it must, with family carers.

Paragraph 7

This confined paragraph implies if I do not agree with Herefordshire Council’s letter content I must raise concerns via MA, all concerns to date have been considered and ignored, and that I may only take matters to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, yet it does not mention in any part I am can seek recourse or redress via other routes.

While their campaign of harassment and psychological abuse continues, I remain documenting & recording.

 

 

 

Missing Equipment and email Communications

Since March 2019, Mandy Appleby, now an Assistant Director of Adult Social Care, who recently sent me a vexatious letter dated 1st October 2021, again threatening legal action, has not responded further to the email below, nor did her colleagues Stephen Vickers or Robert Vickers, other than to further extend punitive restrictions.

1 return of property chain no undelivered

 

Further, while MA says ‘Please note that Mr Robert Vickers has now left Herefordshire Council and your enquiries are now forwarded to me’, in her reply of March 2019, by this date MA had been the SPOC (single point of contact) for five months since 1 November 2018. As can be read in Stephen Vickers letter to me regarding his extension to punitive restriction and change of SPOC. to date, in the fourth year.

Letter From S Vickers Hfd Council change of SPOC 01-11-2018_Redacted

 

To date, Herefordshire Council nor Priory Group, as requested, returned the LED monitor, mouse, speakers, bass box, white Gigabyte motherboard box containing recovery discs, manuals and parts, and particularly the Logitech webcam sent with a computer to my adopted brother so that our now-deceased mother and I could have seen him & remained in contact.

Herefordshire Council has only returned the PC & keyboard to me after an extended delay of a further 2 years, and only after I employed the assistance of a legal firm in 2021. Herefordshire Council & Priory Group keeping all other property; in my understanding unlawfully without explanation or reason.
The hard drive from the computer, I have forensically cloned and examined, and hope to have permission to use it as part of evidence in a court one day.

As a side note, even when our mother died in March 2020 and I was making arrangements for the funeral, neither MA or SV attempted to contact me regarding my vulnerable adopted brother attending our mothers funeral service with me, even though attendance at funerals throughout lockdown were permitted. Such is the disregard by some supposed professionals to families and their loved ones.